Thanks to one of my students (Morgan) who posted a link to this Tumblr, collecting (and designing) hipster versions of current brands such as McDonalds, Ikea, and Harley Davidson. Nice, clean designs and a fun experiment, done very in a very minimalistic style. So minimal I don’t even know who’s behind it or any information about it except that it exists (so very hipster, I guess?).

CHECK OUT HIPSTER BRANDING I GUESS »

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The System 560: Types of Clients

Valentine’s Day. That’s a thing.

Happy Valentine’s day! I am doing nothing on the site to celebrate it, but I did something great to celebrate it last year. So go forget you maybe saw it and check it out all over again!

Come see me at Katsucon THIS WEEKEND!

I’ll have a table and be signing things / meeting people / selling wares at Katsucon all this weekend, and performing two (count ’em, TWO) shows with Super Art Fight. The table will be in section GG 13-15 with Dern, Jamie, and Mikey, which should be fun. If you don’t want to buy a damn thing, stop by and mention you read the comic. I don’t mind, honestly. I’ll probably even give you something free, because I’m a nice guy like that.

As for the shows, on Friday night we are doing Super Art Fight: UNLEASHED which will be a complete shit-show of ridiculousness. Let’s put it this way, no pictures are allowed and it’s 21+ 18+! to get in. And considering what goes on at other shows, this will be… something. On Saturday, we’ll be performing in the Main Events area, with a big extravaganza of a thing! We have a super secret special guest that I’m really excited to meet. He won’t be at the Unleashed show, which is probably for the best.

If you like this comic…

Also check out these other chart-jokes here. Aaaaand if you like making fun of clients, here’s all those comics! If you’re a huge chart fan, you may want a print of this or any other comic on the site, and chances are you’d also really like this t-shirt:

Buy it from the store for only $20!

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At least, I will now.

This comes from a collection of posters advertising against Syphilis, collected at the  “The Passion of Former Days” blog, which are worth checking out if you have a moment and want to see some interesting posters. I just can’t get over the design decisions that led to this poster. Can you see a Don Draper-style meeting between a “creative” and his boss on this project?

BOSS: “Good news, Jimmy!”

JIMMY: “What’s that, boss?”

BOSS: “The eggheads and pointdexters over in R&D have finally come up with something useful. Seems as though Syphilis is now curable.”

JIMMY: “Criminy! Can’t wait to tell the wife! She’s been on my back about getting that checked out for ages.”

BOSS: “Don’t I know it. Anywho, we need a new campaign to let the world know. Something with some whiz-bang. A real socko poster that says ‘Hey, got Syph? Not for long!'”

JIMMY: “Hmm, maybe it’s the Syphilis talking, but what about dinosaurs?”

BOSS: “A sexually transmitted disease poster featuring an extinct animal. I don’t know if it’s my Syphilis talking, but I think that’s gangbusters. Can we set the whole thing in Neuland?”

JIMMY: “You bet your ass we can, boss.”

BOSS: “Jimmy, this is why you’re our best ad man. You really keep your finger on the pulse of things. Real cutting-edge thinking. That’s what’s gonna beat the Krauts, don’t cha know.”

JIMMY: “Now if only they’d find a way to get rid of my herpes!”

BOSS: “That’ll be the day, Jimmy. That’ll be the day.”

And oh good, now I have the “Syphilis” tag on my website. Let’s all hope that doesn’t come up much, or if it does it goes away quickly.

Thanks to @ryanqnorth, @dirtbagg (via @annakrentz) for all the linkage that brought this to my attention.

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Over at Slate, there’s a great article about the “Best of Show” map at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. Unlike most other maps, it was created painstakingly by one man. Much like yesterday’s post about the Roboto typeface, there is a very subtle art to maps that most people haven’t ever thought about. This article does a great job of discussing the multitude of decisions made by the cartographer in the creation of this map. It took him FIVE YEARS to make!

Normally, this is where I’d mention that I found it on Kottke.org, one of my main sources for great content. But this time, I’m the one who sent it to @jkottke. That’s one step closer to getting him to post one of my comics on his site, which is next on my “awesome blogs I wish would link to me” list.

The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See »

Oh, and if you want to buy the map, here’s the link to Imus’ website. It’s only $40.00, and only $80.00 for a 10-pack. Get some friends together and tell people you have the best map of them all.

 

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Systemic Cass sent me following news about a website ripping off the work of many logo designers:

Please check out the following post from AIGA news: http://www.aiga.org/common/newsletter/source/August2011_Action_Alert.html. Then, please check logogarden.com and go through the work on behalf of designers you know. They’ve ripped off the likes of the WWF and other major, recognizable work. Can’t tell you how pissed off and sick this makes me.

Me too, Cass. Me too.

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The System 524: The Tale of Eric Gill

All of this is 100% true. You can read more about him here on Wikipedia (I know Wikipedia isn’t the best source, but it is in itself from a biography published in 1989). In fact, check out this book that Mr. Gill wrote (courtesy 0f Paul Annett on Flickr):

Creepy dude, right? Makes you wonder about all those clean, crisp curves of Gill Sans.

Some other time, I’ll have to tell you about Mrs. Eaves.

Oh, and as I mentioned the other day, my computer’s display died. I’m making due with a weird monitor configuration for now, but as I posted the other day I’m looking to try and get some money together for the repair or a new one. Here’s the same donate button:


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WMATA (Washington Metro Area Transit Authority) needs some updates and additions to the iconic map it’s been using for the last 30 years, and to make the changes they brought in the original designer, Lance Wyman. It’s nice to see them going back to the person who created it, and not some new designer looking to make his mark and alter things.

The article is a good one, goes into some of Lance’s work, the difficulties of the redesign process, and some history behind the original map. Did you know Lance wanted to make cool little icon illustrations for every station? All that and more in the article, as well as a nice photo gallery.

READ THE ARTICLE »

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First off, thanks to the 10 or so Systemcics that sent me info about The Noun Project. Thanks to you guys I contacted the creators and I’m trying to work with them, and have provided them with many of the files I use to create the comics you see here each week.

But what is it? The Noun Project seeks to collect, organize and add highly recognize symbols that form the world’s visual language. All of the symbols (of which there are hundreds) are free, simple, and easy to download and use as needed. It’s a great resource for visual designers and the less gifted alike, not to mention fun to peruse. They put together a Kickstarter for it, and here’s more in a video:

Design geek-out for a moment, all of their symbols are available for download in vector format, so you can go nuts creating anything you want with them. Hell, you can even create some System comics! Though if you do, send them my way.

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The System 447: On Redesigns

It’s true, Comedy Central has a new logo that they revealed the other day (thanks to Marty for the link!) and will be going live in January. A very many blogs have been picking on this logo for being too boring for such a funny network, looking too much like the Chanel logo, and just not being that interesting. And, of course, the similarity to the copyright symbol.

One thing is for sure, this logo lends itself much more to being a simple and clear logo. In an age of swooshes and 3-D messes for logos, I for one am excited to see something look so clean with a slight visual wit. Of course it will be rare that this logo sits still. It will be on screen, on web, etc. and in that context it will have its chance to really shine. I think those haters will be turning tides. I mean, come on. This isn’t the Gap logo. This is clear and a refinement of what came before.

Btw, how has nobody made the obvious reference? Comedy Central is going to build Robocop. Check out the OCP logo:

WATCH THE DAILY SHOW. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO COMPLY.

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The System 440: Yermom Serif

I think this means I’m going to have to develop the typeface. Just think, Yermom on campaign posters. Yermom on album covers. Yermom’s ligatures, ascenders and descenders. And of course she has some mean drop caps.

Buy A Shirt And Kick Cancer’s Ass

If you buy the “Beards Turn Laziness into Awesomeness” shirt or the new “Moustaches Turn Lazy into Classy” shirt, I’ll donate $10 per shirt to Movember‘s prostate cancer research. So buy one! Or two! Or ten! The holidays are around the corner after all.

Show Tonight in DC Metro Area!

If you’re in Virginia or anywhere in the DC metro area, you should come to an all graphic design-based Super Art Fight show. It’s tonight, for free! Here’s the basic info:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm LAB at Artisphere
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

And here’s a link to more.

Listen to Me Prattle On

Fes of the Webcomic Beacon has started a newscast to cover the latest news that applies to webcomic fans and creators. The idea is to have a show somewhere between 2 weeks and once a month. We’ve recorded one so far and while it’s a little bumpy, I think it’s still worth a listen. Here’s the site, let me know what you think!

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